This book deals with the increasingly complex issues of eco-innovation. Eco-innovation is becoming a conceptual reference point for many regional and international public policies and management strategies. Since 2000, this field of research has been focusing on environmental innovation, particularly related to the intensity of emissions, and economic performance and efficiency. There are two reasons for this growing interest. The first is that environmental performance is one of the main economic policy goals of European countries thanks to its relevance to the Lisbon Strategy and the Göteborg priorities for sustainable development. The second, which is partly linked to the first, is related to the growing impact of environmental regulation on private sector activity in many European countries.
This volume brings together microeconomics studies on firms’ eco and economic performance both in the industrial and service sector; by considering a sector based perspective rooted mainly in the exploitation of NAMEA data; at regional level, and a macroeconomic analysis of the environment, income and welfare.
This collection brings together the best of recent research in the area of eco-innovation and in its entirety is an excellent source of knowledge for postgraduates and researchers students of Environmental and Ecological Economics alike. As well as fully developing the theoretical aspects of its topics, these essays are also strongly policy-oriented and will be of interest to anyone seeking information an applied perspective.
Introduction Massimiliano Mazzanti and Anna Montini Part 1. Environmental innovation, firms’ economic performances and policy drivers 1. Environmental innovation drivers and economic performance in industrial systems Davide Antonioli, Massimiliano Mazzanti and Roberto Zoboli 2. The dynamic relationship between emissions and manufacturing firm’s growth Giulio Cainelli, Massimiliano Mazzanti and Roberto Zoboli 3. Environmentally-oriented strategies and firm performance in services Giulio Cainelli, Massimiliano Mazzanti and Roberto Zoboli 4. An early assessment of the influence on eco-innovation of the EU emissions trading scheme: evidence from the Italian paper industry Serena Pontoglio Part 2. Environmental efficiency and sector performances 5. Emissions trends and labour productivity dynamics Giovanni Marin and Massimiliano Mazzanti 6. Production-related air emissions: a decomposition analysis for Italy Aldo Femia and Renato Marra Campanale 7. Regional and sector environmental efficiency: empirical evidence using the Italian RAMEA Massimiliano Mazzanti and Anna Montini 8. Biofuels public support and technological specialization in the energy sector Valeria Costantini, Francesco Crespi and Annalisa Zezza 9. Environmental impacts of personal mobility: exploring an Austrian EKC Michael Getzner Part 3 Economic growth, environmental degradation and policies 10. Reconsidering the Environmental Kuznets Curve hypothesis: the trade off between environment and welfare Nicola Cantore and Maurizio Canavari 11. Environmental degradation, economic growth and welfare: the role of self-protection choices Angelo Antoci and Simone Borghesi 12. Carbon Kuznets curves: long-run dynamics and policy events Massimiliano Mazzanti and Antonio Musolesi 13. The EU ETS: CO2 price drivers during the learning experience Emile Alberola, Julien Chevallier and Benoît Chèze